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Sunday, June 30, 2013

End of Giugno

Boy, has May and June been hectic! Tons and tons of assignments, and... nope that pretty much sums up the life of university students. All the drama and potential backstabbing aside, the assignments were actually somewhat fun.


The downside was that there were multiple group assignments due around the same time, all requiring presentations, and two requiring ridiculous amounts of paperwork and references. Anyways, I've a pretty much nice, worry-free weekend for once, after more than 24 hours of not sleeping. I broke my own record...

Super le buay paiseh posting this up. And to the guy who posted this, lemme know who you are LOL
Anyways, we had a long night over at Louis' place rushing our assignment (which I find is the most awesome assignment I've done throughout university). I took to a random trip to one of the Taylor's confessions pages, and *BAM*. Either it's a huge troll, or a really awkward proposal. If it's the latter, I think I have a general idea who it is.


I reached home at 05:30 on Friday 28th, took a quick shower, whipped out my only shirt, and sped off back to Subang Jaya. I was expecting a random breakfast with someone, but no one showed up, so I hopped back to the car for a few snoozes (no way I'm going to the library).

If only I could doll up like this everyday...
Coordinate of the day: red shirt from Gia F.O.S, the pencil skirt was from Bangkok, black leather peep-toe pumps from Prima Vera, and accessorized with my usual pink watch, and a new necklace given to me by my beloved mum~ Could've looked better with an anklet, but I completely forgot about it...


Make-up... I think I'll do a separate post and video on it? It's like super fast just eye and lip make-up look that was supposed to just make me look less zombie-like after surviving on processed sugars.


And to the random guy that appeared in the Project Room at D3 to encourage my defensive comments "slandering posts" on the Taylor's confessions pages, THANK YOU! At least my aimless attempts at refuting people have gained some significance, however little. =D Like really, it means a lot to me that people notice.

Delicious macaron courtesy of Karen~ I think it's matcha and red bean, but I can't be sure. =P
Having to wait wasn't the bad part. Our PR presentation was scheduled for 12:15, when Media Gates (our PR company) was supposed to present. Even by 14:15, we weren't able to present. Why? I can understand that the Deakin's students arrived late (Malaysian traffic, etc), but when the lecturer time and again reminded us to be "15 minutes early prior to our presentation slot", and was late herself? Sorry. Respect lost.

Collateral material #1: synthetic material cushion, now in my possession =D
And when Media Gates finally entered the room, we were ushered out and instructed to return in half an hour. I forgot to accommodate whom, but we walked out with pleasant faces, no matter how much I wanted to really shout profanities.

Collateral material #2: T-shirt. This is the back, and the printed kidneys are supposed to be where the real kidneys are.
I didn't have time, though, because I had to run up and down a few flights of stairs in heels to get to ANOTHER PRESENTATION. Talk about being busy. I was sweating beyond what was acceptable (the coordinate wasn't very ventilation-friendly), but my presentation for Exhibition Management went quite well. *got rid of my constantly-fidgeting-while-presenting habit*

Collateral material #3: le mug. There's a sticker and a calendar as well~
Just as it was Media Gates' turn to present, somehow all the Deakin's students and staff left, leaving only our lecturer in there to evaluate us. In a way it was good and bad - good because there's less pressure when stuttering happens; bad because we lack the experience in presenting for anyone else other than our lecturer.


BUT I FUCKING LOVED OUR GROUP! Wasn't a group that I started from the bottom with, but a wonder to work with. Four guys - Louis, Justin, Alex, and Win Aun. Seriously. Best. Group. Assignment. Experience. Ever. And I loved our collateral materials~ There were some last minute changes, but awesome all the same. =D


I ended up with about 6 blisters in total, as well as constantly cramping calves, but had a nice Taiwanese dinner at Formosa (Asian Avenue, Sunway Pyramid) with Jasmine and Win Aun.

Cantaloupe pomelo sago dessert... WITHOUT cream. RM7.90 (subject to taxes)
I also had my first taste of Hui Lau Shan, which is a renowned Hong Kong-style healthy dessert chain, using fruits as their main ingredients. Given the big hype about it (or at least, the impression I got), I was pretty much disappointed, because it wasn't much. Just... dessert. However, in their defense, I have pretty high-calorie, rich tastes for my dessert. =P


What propelled me to wait aimlessly in campus, but still get in the traffic congestion, I will never know. Thankfully I took KESAS instead of my usual route... My leg would have needed amputation when I got home.


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On another note, I suddenly realize the somewhat lame but awesome guys I've known for the past few years are people who actually care. Not gonna go into detail, but I was really touched when they said they won't be attending my funeral if I died in a certain way, not even visit me at the hospital.


Stop, and take the time to look around, and cherish all the people around you, even those who backstab and betray you - they help you differentiate the real friends from the fake ones. =)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Driving blues

I finally understood why my mother or sister would come home sometimes utterly frustrated, seemingly for no apparent reason: the number of stupid drivers encountered on the road on top of an already long-and-shitty day at work or classes.


At first I was just like "OK, this is just patience training". Quote Master Sifu (anyone notice that it actually means Master Master? Like "sifu" is Chinese for "master"?): INNER PEACE.


Unfortunately, as some of you fellow KL people will understand (and I'm sure some people all over the world would), sometimes patience runs out, and you'd really love to run some people over on the road. Here are a few examples of the people I hate:


BIG BULLIES
They drive the big-ass 11-seater vehicles, or drive a Hilux or similar truck. Or even better, those huge-ass trailers or dirt transporters. THEY BULLY EVERYONE. Just because I drive a smaller car than you, doesn't mean you automatically get the rights to be more superior than me.


OLDER PEOPLE
They automatically assume that you will have to give way to them regardless of the situation, and will most probably glare their eyeballs out at you if you don't. Dear aunties and/or uncles, sometimes your windows are tinted to dark I CAN'T BLOODY SEE WHO YOU ARE. And even if you were a senior, no, that isn't a reason why I should let you have your way. Bite me.


THE FRESHIES
These are the bouncing and excited "yay I got my licence after 12 hours of sitting around listening to bullshit and going through those stressful tests" (usually young) people. As you might anticipate, they are unsure, and usually, they like to take chances. Scary, unsure kittens. Stay to the left, please.


SMARTPHONE ADDICTS
Strange 'cause I've an assignment related to this. I understand that it will kill you to stop texting with your beautiful, amazing *insert name of person here* for a quarter of a millisecond, so KEEP TO THE FREAKIN' LEFT!!! Don't hog the fast lane and keep tapping on your brakes. It scares the shit out of people like me who is usually just 5 inches away from you at 110km/h.


MOTORCYCLISTS (in general)
Malaysia's motorcyclists are rampant. They could be compared to the bicyclists in some countries, where bicyclists demand for equal rights on the road, but violate every rule on the road (9Gaggers might get me). They motorcyclists here are pretty much what you would call inconsiderate, even if they aren't mat rempits. And trust me, they will annoy any patience you have left.


THE COMPLETELY OBLIVIOUS
I've been meeting a lot of these types recently: highway, going 60km/h on the fast lane, but they don't even look in their rearview mirror. Trying to overtake them will cause an accident, but following behind them creates a VERY long vehicle worm. I'm not one to check mirrors too often, but giving a glance every minute or so would be nice.


WHAT IS THIS MAGICAL STICK?!
Depending on the vehicle, the signal joystick could be on the left or right (my Satria's is on the left, my sister's Etude's is on the right). I DO NOT CARE HOW OLD YOU ARE, USE THE STICKS!!! It's common courtesy, not some noble intent that you whip out when you want your shoes licked. How many almost-accidents I've seen just because one lazy person decides not to use their signal lights.


What helps? Music (the hard stuff, or kawaii J-pop, if that's what floats your boat). And annoying the shit out of these people if you can manage. Am thankful that both the cars I drive are pretty awesome~ =D


Well, rant over, back to assignments *sigh*

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Update on the squats challenge

The squats challenge that I've been doing ended a few days ago, but I haven't really thought about it until now.

I went through all 29 days, and pretty much gave up on the last day. Not because of muscular pains or any physical restrictions, but because of ... assignments? But by right, there should be no excuses whatsoever.


There's not much significant difference, but my buttocks are more toned, so are my thighs, and I've realized from all these squats that my left leg is longer than my right leg, which explains why it's always my left leg joints that experience pain after workouts.


The squats will continue, and this challenge might recur in the future, with added intensity.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

9 assignments due

Whoever who said communications was an easy A subject, YOU'RE MORE THAN WRONG.


Well, perhaps in comparison to other subjects, communications is a breeze - just simple theories and fun with various computer software. But when you have 9 of these assignments to hand in by the next 2 weeks, you won't think it's fun anymore.


When I signed up for this degree course, I really didn't imagine that I'd have to DRAW or do STATISTICS.   Those who think all you have to do is film videos and edit stuff on Final Cut Pro, it only depends on your major, and even so, you still have a lot of paperwork assignments.


No, communication isn't all fun and games. Less stressful than other majors like architecture or hotel management, but as the Chinese saying goes "家家有本难念的经", meaning each home (or in this case, major) has it's own difficulties.


I would like to die now.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

REVIEW: The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask

I would always prefer cream-based masks that you apply on the skin over sheet masks, where you have to constantly remind yourself to not move your face muscles too much, should the sheet mask detach from the skin and hence is less effective.

Definitely cooling, since it contains menthol, and tea tree oil itself gives a slight cooling, tingly feeling as it is.
For anti-acne purposes, the honey cinnamon mask was my go-to mask, until we ran out of honey in the house, and I couldn't find any pure natural honey from the supermarkets (I also blame laziness in general). And recently I went shopping at The Body Shop and picked up this pot of magic.


Paying MYR48 for a 100ml (3.85oz) tub of product is quite economical, given that it might last for quite some time.

Think clay mask + tea tree oil, except this mask isn't supposed to dry on your skin.
The Body Shop says:
Apply generously to face and neck with fingertips. Leave for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with clean water. Mask doesn't dry. Use weekly. Breakouts are minimized with regular use. With menthol, tamanu oil, lemon tea tree oil and Community Fair Trade organic tea tree oil. Avoid eye and lip area. If contact occurs, rinse with clean water. Stop use if irritation occurs.
I think I'll call this the Hulk mask...
The mask product itself is a pale-ish green cream product, which you're supposed layer quite thickly onto a freshly scrubbed and pat-dried face (I use The Body Shop's seaweed scrub).

Best. Game. Ever.
What I do while waiting for 10-15 minutes? Finish missions on Jetpack Joyride, my current game obsession, because Zombie Tsunami still isn't on Android.

Asian face. LOL. Your skin is left feeling fresh, light, and clean. My skin is originally a little patchy.
Rinse off with warm water, and follow with your remaining skin routine (mine is TBS Seaweed Clarifying Toner, TBS Vitamin E Intense Hydration Face Cream, and TBS Shiso Moisture White UV protection [UV protection is needed even if you stay in the whole day]).


Pros:

  • relatively economical
  • actually works ("minimize breakouts" being the operational term here)
  • gives a slightly tingly, cooling effect to the skin during and after use
  • as with all other The Body Shop products, it's animal cruelty-free
  • easy to use
  • isn't messy (drips, smears, etc)
Cons:
  • comes in a tub (bacteria build-up due to the repeated dipping)
  • definitely more expensive than the honey & cinnamon alternative
  • might contain colorings (natural or artificial)
  • might be too strong for people with sensitive skin
Repurchase? Definitely!